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Cities of the Silk Road

Uzbekistan in 10 Days, 7 Nights in Destination

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An essential tour of Uzbekistan's historic Silk Road cities including incredible architecture, captivating cultural experiences and comprehensive sightseeing.

Trip Highlights

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    Bukhara
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    Khiva
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    Samarkand
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    Tashkent

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  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. All transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Breakfast only

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  1. Departures available until November 2025

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  3. Solo travelers from + $270

  4. Add up to 5 nights to your stay

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  • Accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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Accommodation: 7 Nights

Itinerary

Travel to the country of blue domes, an evocative dream between East and West, full of madrasas, bazaars, mosques, deserts and palaces that twinkle under the light of the stars. Discover the fortified heart of Khiva, unspoilt Bukhara and legendary Samarkand, in the triangle of the Silk Road. Fall in love with Tashkent, the modern capital, and soak up the history and culture of unique Uzbekistan.

1st Day: US - Night on board

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Arrive at your US departure airport, ready to board a flight* to Tashkent. Night on board.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day. 

2nd Day: In-flight

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Continue with your flight.

3rd Day: Tashkent

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Arrive at the international airport of Tashkent. You will go through customs and transfer to the hotel for check-in*. If time permits, take part in our optional city tour of Tashkent**, the country’s capital and cultural center. Overnight stay in Tashkent.

* You will have the option to add early check-in on arrival in the next step of the booking process. To guarantee optional services, we recommend that you add them to your current booking, as they are subject to availability.
 
*Optional Midday Tashkent Tour: Embark on a city tour of Tashkent to see its most emblematic landmarks including an outside visit of the White Mosque and the TV Tower and stops at Friendship Square, City Metro and the Park of Repressions.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Green Park or similar
tripadvisor rating

8 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Midday City Tour in Tashkent

Active

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4th Day: Tashkent

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Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, set off to visit Tashkent Old Town. In the old part, you will stop by the Earthquake Monument as well as the the Khast Imam Architectural Complex where you will visit the Barak Khan Madrasah, the Kafal Shohi Madrasah, the Tillya Sheikh Mosque and the iconic Museum of Usman's Quran.

Later, the modern part of the city tour includes stops at the Independence and Eternity Square, where you will visit the World War II Memorial, an exterior visit of the Romanov Palace built in 1891, the Opera and Ballet Square and the Amir Temur Square. Return to your hotel and overnight stay in Tashkent.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Green Park or similar
tripadvisor rating

8 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Half-Day Tashkent Old & New Tour

Moderate

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5th Day: Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva

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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Urgench*. Once you have arrived at your destination you will transfer to Khiva (approx. 30 km), a lost oasis city in Kyzyl-Kum desert. With over 2500 years of history, it is a must-see when visiting Uzbekistan.

From here you will take part in a comprehensive visit of the Architectural Complex Ichan-Kala where you will stop by all its most emblematic buildings, including the Kalta Minor Minaret, the hotel converted Mokhamed Amin-Khan Madrasa, the Kunya Ark Castle and more. 

In the afternoon, visit the Bastion of Oq Sheykh Baba for a spectacular sunset view and a prime spot to take stunning photographs thanks to the immaculate panorama of Khiva. Return to your hotel and overnight stay in Khiva.

*The itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the airline.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Zarafshon Boutique or similar
tripadvisor rating

25 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to the Itchan-Kala Architectural Complex

Light

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6th Day: Khiva - Bukhara

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Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by car to Bukhara (approx. 500 km). En route, you will cross the beautiful Kizil-Kum desert, known for its picturesque crimson-hued sand as well as the historic Amu Darya River. Upon arriving at your destination, check-in to your hotel and overnight stay in Bukhara.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Caravan Plaza Boutique or similar
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3 Reviews

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7th Day: Bukhara

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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, take part in an excursion to the Ark Citadel and Chor Minor where you will be stopping by its most emblematic sites to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Uzbekistan. This excursion includes visits to mausoleums such as the Chasmai Ayub, mosques like the Magoki Attori, the oldest one in the city as well as the Ark Citadel, the Lyabi Hauz Architectural Complex, madrasas, domes and galleries.

En route you will visit Ulugbek Madrasah and Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah from the exterior. Finally, conclude your visit at the iconic Poi-Kalon Architectural Complex. Return to your hotel and overnight stay in Bukhara.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Caravan Plaza Boutique or similar
tripadvisor rating

3 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Half-Day Tour of Bukhara

Moderate

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8th Day: Bukhara - Samarkand

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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, transfer to Samarkand (approx. 290 km, 5 hours). Upon arrival, take part in a guided tour of this legendary city of Central Asia where you will gaze in awe at its most stunning landmarks, including the Ulugbek Observatory and its museum, the Gur-Emir Mausoleum, containing the tomb of King Tamerlane and his family.

You will end your visit at the iconic Registan Square, one of the most recognizable sites of the city, where you will stop by three great madrasas; the Tilla-Kari Madrasa (XVII century), Ulugbek Madrasa (XV century) and Sher-Dor Madrasa (XVII century). Return to your hotel and overnight stay in Samarkand.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Shaxzoda Elite or similar
tripadvisor rating

18 Reviews

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Activities

included
Tour por Samarcanda

Moderate

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9th Day: Samarkand - Tashkent

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Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit the ‘Meros’ factory of ancient paper production. From here, make your way to the Shakhi-Zinda Architectural Complex, the Bibi-Khanum Mosque and finally the Siab Bazaar.

Later in the afternoon, transfer to the station to take the AFROSIAB/SHARQ train* to return back to the capital. Upon arriving at Tashkent, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Tashkent.

*The itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the railway company.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Green Park or similar
tripadvisor rating

8 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Visit to Bibi-Khanum Mosque & Siab Bazaar

Moderate

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10th Day: Tashkent - Night on board

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Breakfast* at the hotel. It's time to say goodbye to beautiful Uzbekistan, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US and end your trip. Night on board.

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Included activities

Included

Half-Day Tashkent Old & New Tour

Included activity for day 4 in Tashkent

Discover the highlights of Tashkent Old Town including the enormous Kukeldash Madrasa and the exotic Chorsu Bazaar. Next, explore the modern part of the city and discover contrasts as you visit the city's spacious squares and see the Romanov Palace.

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Visit to the Itchan-Kala Architectural Complex

Included activity for day 5 in Khiva

Visit the incredible Itchan-Kala architectural complex. Among its many wonders see the Kunya Ark Castle, the Madrasa Mohammed Rakhmin Khan and the Islam Khodja Minaret. Next, visit Tash Hovli Palace, the Juma Mosque and the Allakuli Khan Madrasa.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 05:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Half-Day Tour of Bukhara

Included activity for day 7 in Bukhara

Take a comprehensive tour of Bukhara. Visit the Mausoleum of the Samanids, Chashmai Ayub Spring and the charming Bolo Hauz Mosque. Explore the spectacular Lyabi Hauz Architectural Complex, see Kalon Mosque and discover Bukhara's atmospheric bazaar.

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included

Tour por Samarcanda

Included activity for day 8 in Samarkand

Take a guided tour of Samarkand to see the legendary Registan Square and madrasas such as Ulughbek, Shir-Dor and Tilla-Kori. Next, visit the Guri Emir Mausoleum, to explore the tomb of Tamerlane, built in the 15th-century.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
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This optional requires a minimum of 2 participants in order for it to operate.

Midday City Tour in Tashkent

Suggested activity for day 3

Take part in a midday tour of Tashkent stopping by iconic sites such as an exterior visit of the White Mosque and the TV Tower before stopping by the Friendship Square, the City Metro and the Park of Repressions.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Active

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The price includes

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    Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from the main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Tashkent - US.
  • Internal flight: Tashkent - Urgench.*
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  • Train ticket from Samarkand - Tashkent.**
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  • 7 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 7 Breakfasts. ***
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  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.
    See itinerary
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • City tour in Tashkent, visit of the Architectural Complex Ichan-Kala and city tour in Samarcanda.
  • English-speaking guide for part of the trip
  • Reduced groups of 10.

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Entrances, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Luggage handlers approx. $10 per person for the whole stay.

Tips approx. $35 per person for the whole stay.

*Domestic flights have a baggage allowance of 23 kg and 8 kg in the cabin. For our regular Silk Road program, we will have a block of 12 seats in each departure for the Tashkent-Urgench flight, with blocks available until 46 days before the flight, any reservation beyond this date will be subject to availability at the time of booking.

Like all airlines, Uzbekistan Airways allows up to 3 incorrect letters in the name, that is why we ask you to send us the passenger information as it appears in the passport or a copy of it. In the event that a passenger's name is incorrect, we will have to cancel the ticket with a penalty of 20 USD and issue a new ticket, subject to availability.

**Due to new regulations, train tickets must be nominative, that is why we require the passenger's information as it appears in their passport or copy of it, at least 62 days before the train operation. These tickets are non-refundable (25 USD per person).

In the event that the passengers information is incorrect, we will have to cancel said train ticket with full penalty and rebook a new train ticket subject to availability at the time of rebooking, applying the additional charge for the new ticket.

***There are practically no TRIPLE rooms in Uzbekistan; it is always double rooms (double bed) with an extra bed or sofa, so we do not recommend using them for 3 adults.

Hotels in Uzbekistan are very modest; the quality of their construction is not to the standard of Western hotels. They are not equipped with elevators.

Hotel classification is based on Uzbekistani standards - most of the hotels are 80% private without Western qualification standards.

Copies of passports for train/plane tickets must be presented with the reservation. Passport must be valid for 6 months prior to expiration date.

The itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the airlines and railroad lines.

  • Entry requirements

    Must be valid at time of entry. One passport page required.

  • Visa

    Visas need to be applied for well in advance. Please see the website for more detailed information. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Uzbekistan.html

  • Currency

    Uzbekistani Som

  • Language

    Uzbek

  • Electricity

    220 V. European style plug.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the U.S.

  • Time zone

    UTC + 05:00.

  • Tourist Office website

    http://welcomeuzbekistan.uz/en/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 888-488-0592 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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